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The USS Constitution to sail again!

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by HollowHead, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. HollowHead

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    I walked through that ship in Boston harbor. It was amazing how short the crew was compared to my 6'2" height (got the same lesson on height at Colonial Williamsburg). I had a very uncomfortable time bent way over walking through the gun deck. (old growth Oak hadn't been available to England ships and masts for a long time). We could make better and stronger "stuff".

    I read a little of the ship and it is a classic tale of new world resources and sailor determination. It is inspiring to have walked the deck. Kudos for the new crew.
     
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    Glad to see her in better shape. A few years ago she was hogging real bad after they removed some internal braces they didn't understand. Almost lost her for good.
     
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    We just visited Boston last month, and the Constitution was one of the things we saw (and toured). Very cool. But it was my understanding that when she sailed in 1997, noises were heard that sounded like a mast starting to crack so they furled the sails and towed her back. Maybe that's been fixed.

    Another interesting thing I learned: to remain a commissioned vessel in the Navy, the ship has to travel at least one nautical mile every year. So once a year it is towed into the harbor and back again.
     
  7. samurairabbi

    samurairabbi Dungeon Schmuck

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    They also take advantage of that yearly trip to reverse the ship's mooring direction to equalize weathering on the sides of the ship.
     
  8. Peace Warrior

    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    "Where away?!?"

    Oops, I meant, "We're away!"

    get it? :supergrin:



    Seriously, "May she be blessed with fair winds and following seas." :wavey:
     
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    The white oak from which the Constution was built is incredibly dense wood. You have to pre-drill your nail holes, or use concrete nails if you build something out of whte oak.

    I once had to take down an old diseased white oak in one of the cemeteries that I serviced. It was about 65 ft. high and about 36 in. in diameter at the base. Unfortunately, the tree for the most part was badly rotted and insect ridden. Most of it went for firewood. I did get one good saw log out of it. The first 13 ft. of the main trunk was useable for lumber. That log was way too heavy for my little backhoe to lift, so the vault setter (from Binghamton Burial vault co.) used his knuckle boom crane to put it on my trailer. When I got to the sawmill with that log, the sawyer estimated the weight of it to be over 7,000 lbs. He told me that white oak is one of the toughest woods that he has ever seen. No wonder that a cannonball couldn't penetrate 2 Ft. of it.
     
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    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Huzzah!

    My dad has a pen made from the wood removed during a restoration and an iron spike forged by Paul Revere.
     
  11. slick64

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    Very cool ship. I was there a week away for a tour. The living conditions would have been unpleasant to say the least even for the officers.
     
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    Let's just hope Little 'Bama doesn't try to sink it. He doesn't seem to like the Constitution.
     
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    Mind if I ask how much you got for it?
     
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    That's good. Same as back in it's day, vigilance is necessary.
     
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    I think it is made of live oak? But they are close to the same. White/live.
     
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    Another story I remember from my school days:

    The story was that live steam was NOT used in shaping the hull timbers of the Constitution, whereas it WAS standard practice in European shipyards of the era. Many believe this also contributed to the "Old Ironsides" lumber strength under fire.
     
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    Very cool.
     
  18. RWBlue

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    Hopefully they will sail it down to DC. It would be a good reminder to see the Constitution for a few days.